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Formulating with Pigments

Mark Vallely, Development Manager, Union Colours Limited.


The presentation begins with an overview of what attributes need to be considered when imparting colour to a formulation and how these qualities are measured.

The definition of a pigment will be discussed, how and why products available in the market place differ and what effect this has on other performance characteristics.

Issues such as economy, regulatory changes and resistance properties will be reviewed.

How pigments can be tailored during synthesis to provide certain attributes and hence how Union Colours development programme offers a bespoke pigment design service.

By the end of the presentation the audience should have a fuller understanding of how pigments work and how to identify the optimum grade for their application.


Personal Profile

Mark Vallely has over 13 years experience in the colour industry, initially with European Colour. Currently, as Development Manager for Union Colours, he is responsible for coordinating Union Colours’ R&D activities from all three of their development locations in China, South Africa and the UK. He has gained wide experience, manufacturing pigments on six different plants.


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